Turning pages have never felt so easy. Reading
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was a great read and was the first book I have read in a while that motivated me to read the second book in the series,
The Wise Man's Fear.
The book is a lengthy one, with almost 750 pages, but it is rich and adventurous content that I was able to read without boredom. The book is about a young traveling musician troupe that is murdered by a mysterious renegade wizard group and leaves only one survivor. The survivor is a talented musician and son of the leader of the traveling group. His name is Kvothe and is the protagonist of the story. The book writes his story after the gruesome murder of his family and friends. You find Kvothe, who is bright and courageous, struggle as a street rat, vagrant, and thief. As his story gets more an more horrible, a gift is given to him by means of a chance to apply to the University. Where he can study to be a Arcanist, a term used here to describe a wizard. He tests for his admissions and being bright, he gets in.
After being accepted to the University he begins his training to become a wizard. He hits a couple of bumps along the way by means of ruffling the feathers of a prominent professor, making a rich student enemy, and breaking a couple of institution rules. Because of his cleverness, Kvothe is constantly pushing the bounds of his own limitations and thrives at the university as the most accomplished up-and-coming arcanist in centuries. The plot is very similar to that of Harry Potter's journey of becoming a wizard, at least that is what it reminds me of.
The most enjoyable part of this book is how the author describes Kvothe's experience with learning magic. It's not about shooting fire bolts or waving wands. Its a more practical approach. The author credits mechanical and medical practices to the magical origins and talks about runes and alchemy as a noble means for a arcanist to pursue. The University itself is subject-oriented institution. Where one enrolled and completes several core classes but will ultimately chose a subject to pursue and master. There are several ranks that can you rise through as you master subjects (Kvothe is the youngest to rise through the ranks). The most interesting subject to Kvothe is Naming, which is having the control over certain elements and have them do things at one's will. It is the hardest subject and comes with the most eccentric teacher. The author really has a knack for describing one of the subjects which is called sympathy. Sympathy in the art of channel energy to and fro certain objects. Like taking a source like a candle and channeling the heat of the fire to a cup of water, making it boil. It's a pretty cool way to involve physics into magic.
The books arrives to a point where Kvothe forms a love interest which leads him on a epic adventure that coincides with his need to learn more about the people who killed his family and impress the woman he finds most dear. What a great adventure. Culminating in fight against an epic beast to save a town.
Great book so far! Stay tuned by my second book post on the sequel.